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Lake of the Woods South Shore & Oak Island Fishing Report – 7/17/19


Sportsman’s Lodge South End Fishing Report

Try Shallow!

Drifting with spinners has been reeling in the fish this week in 25’-32 depths however don’t count out the shallows 10’-16’ too.  Hammered gold/pink spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches in the mud, rocks and sand.  Jigging has also had some success in the deeper depths (25’-32’) with gold jigs being the key.  Many 16”-17” fish are coming in with a mix of bigger fish as well.  The water surface temperature is hovering around 72 degrees.  Pro tip of the week – Don’t count out the shallows. Try the sand bars and shallow rock piles!

Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge

Fantastic Fishing
Sandbars 18’-22’ and rocky points 24’-28’ continue to produce some nice walleyes. A variety of methods are working. Drifting with hammered gold, white and orange spinners tipped with worms or jigging with minnows.  Crankbaits are working too.  Water temperature continues to hover in the mid 70’s.  Lots of great fishing going on right now.  Nice eater size walleyes nibbling at the hook right now.

Rocky points in sandy bays have been hot spots using top water baits.  The bite is really heating up! Between now and late October is the best time of the year.

Pike & Bass
Pike and Bass are being found in big bays up shallow and the larger pike around points and rock piles. Casting flashy spoons or crankbaits have been working well.

A little break from the HOT HOT HOT, weather that is.


Sportsman’s Lodge

A little break from the HOT HOT HOT, weather that is.
We love our summers here in Minnesota but sometimes I think most of northerners can agree, temps in the upper 80’s is best in small doses. We have welcomed a cool off in the 70’s the past few days.

The weather may have cooled but the fishing has not! Check out these pics and jump on over and like our Facebook page and check out the latest action of what Captain Eric’s crew is up to this morning!  Captain Eric Best reported by 10am an incredible first drift of the day, 7 slot walleyes (19.5-28 inches), a 29 inch walleye and 3 keepers bait fishing! WOW! Gotta love days like this! Lots of great summer fishing left. You still have time!

Best Approach
Mix of bait fishing with crawlers, crawler harnesses and trolling with crank baits in 18’-32’ of water. Good old Lake of the Wood’s gold has been the hot color for spinners and combination crankbait colors in white/silver and white/red. Water temperature is has bounced up and down in the 70’s lately. We have a current temp of 72 degrees.

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Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge



Up & Down
Fishing has been like jigging this week, up and down.  The most successful approaches have been pulling spinners with crawlers or minnows and some jigging with a 3/8 oz. jig tipped with a minnow on the reefs in 20’-30’.  The eastern side of Falcon Island and Little Oak Island has been good areas. The water temperature is 72 degrees.

Muskies & Northern Pike

Morning and evening bite has been the best. Trolling deep bays and rocky points with bucktails and top water lures have been hot.  Top water crank baits and spinners have been working for pike casting in a weedy bed and rocky shorelines.

Smallmouth bass have been hitting around rock reefs in 4’-14’ using crank baits.

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